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What Are Some Alternative Methods of Dispute Resolution in New Jersey?

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If you are going through a divorce, it is important to consider your options. There are several different kinds of dispute resolution when it comes to settling a divorce. To learn more, continue reading and speak with a skilled New Jersey divorce attorney.

What types of dispute resolution methods are there in New Jersey?

In some situations, couples that are entering the divorce process may not want to go through litigation. That is why it is critical to understand that there are other divorce dispute options that can save both time and money. When choosing alternative dispute methods, couples can have an easier time discussing and managing their marital issues on their terms in a calmer environment. The most common marital issues that are discussed in these circumstances include child support, child custody, division of assets, alimony, and more. Below are the most common types of dispute resolution in New Jersey.

  1. Mediation: This refers to one of the most common alternatives to litigation in a courtroom. With this, spouses are able to negotiate their marital issues with the help of an unbiased third party. This individual’s purpose is to guide spouses through discussion to make decisions that will work best for them. It is also crucial to recognize that there is no set time frame for this process. Couples can take as long as they need to settle their disputes without having to worry about any lingering deadlines. Once the couple has reached an agreement, the mediator will draft a document detailing the decisions they met. Once complete, the couple will sign the document and send it to the court for approval. If the document is approved, the couple will receive a Judgement of Divorce.
  2. Collaborative Divorce: With this type of divorce, both spouses and the help of their attorneys will work together. The two attorneys will help the couple make decisions that best coincide with both parties’ best interests. A Participation Agreement must be signed in this type of divorce by all parties involved (attorneys and spouses). When the party signs the agreement, they are held accountable for making the process work, otherwise, the attorneys will be unable to represent the spouses.
  3. Arbitration: This dispute resolution method to when a neutral third party plays the role of the judge. In this situation, the individual can make decisions for the spouses, rather than allowing the spouses to make the decisions for themselves.

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